|Irish: Léim an Mhadaidh|
Limavady shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||12,135 (2001 Census)|
|Constituent country||Northern Ireland|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|European Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||East Londonderry|
|List of places: UK • Northern Ireland • County Londonderry|
Limavady (IPA: [lɪmə'vadi]) (from the Irish: Léim an Mhadaidh meaning "leap of the dog") is a market town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, with Benevenagh as a backdrop. Scots ( The Scots leid) refers to Anglic varieties derived from early northern Middle English spoken in parts of Scotland and Northern Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of In Biology a population is the collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular Species; in Sociology A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 Northern Ireland is divided into 26 districts for local government purposes Limavady Borough Council ( Comhairle Baile Léim an Mhadaidh) is a Local Council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is one of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Constituent country is a phrase used often by official institutions in contexts in which a country makes up a part of a larger entity or grouping Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of This list of sovereign states, alphabetically arranged gives an overview of States around the world with information on the extent of their Sovereignty. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A post town is a required part of all postal addresses in the United Kingdom, and a basic unit of the postal delivery system UK Postal codes are known as postcodes. UK postcodes are Alphanumeric. The BT postcode area, also known as the Belfast postcode area covers Northern Ireland and was the last part of the United Kingdom to be coded The UK Telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Telephone Numbering Plan, is the system used for assigning Telephone numbers in the United There are a number of law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is the Police service that covers Northern Ireland. The fire service in the United Kingdom operates under separate legislative and administrative arrangements in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS is the Statutory fire and rescue service for Northern Ireland, United Kingdom The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS is the Ambulance service that serves the whole of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is a Constituency of the European Parliament. This is a list of the 646 constituencies currently represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, as at the 2005 general election East Londonderry is a Parliamentary Constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. A Gazetteer of place names in the United Kingdom showing each place's County, Unitary authority or council area and its geographical coordinates List of places --> List of settlements in Northern Ireland &mdashdata from the 2001 Census This is a list of cities, Towns Villages and Hamlets in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. Irish (ga ''Gaeilge'' is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. Market town or market right is a legal term originating in the Medieval period for a European settlement that has the right to hold Markets Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of Binevenagh ( Irish: Binn Fhoibhne, meaning Foibhne's peak or Benevenagh marks the western extent of the Basalt Plateaux of Northern It had a population of 12,135 people in the 2001 Census. A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 Limavady is most famous for the tune Londonderry Air collected by Jane Ross in the mid-19th century from a local musician. The Londonderry Air is an Anthem of Northern Ireland. It is also popular among the Irish diaspora and very well known throughout the world The tune was later used for the song Danny Boy and other famous lyrics. " Danny Boy " is a song whose lyrics are set to the Irish tune Londonderry Air.
Limavady lies in the scenic Roe Valley area and the Roe Valley Country Park on the River Roe lies to the south west of the town. The Roe Valley Country Park is a forested area containing part of the River Roe, south west of Limavady in Northern Ireland. The River Roe flows north from Glenshane in the Sperrin Mountains to Lough Foyle, via the settlements of Dungiven, Burnfoot, The birthplace of New Zealand prime minister William Massey is on Irish Green Street. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island William Ferguson Massey (often known simply as Bill Massey or " Farmer Bill " served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 Nearby Massey Avenue is also named after William Massey. William Ferguson Massey (often known simply as Bill Massey or " Farmer Bill " served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912
The archaeologically significant Broighter Gold collection was found nearby in 1896. The Broighter Gold is a collection of Gold artefacts that were found in 1896 by Tom Nicholl on farmland near Limavady, Northern Ireland. It is currently in the National Museum in Dublin. The National Museum of Ireland (Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann is the National museum in Ireland. Dublin (ˈdʌblɨn/ /ˈdʊblɨn or /ˈdʊbəlɪn/, bˠalʲə aːha klʲiəh or cliə(ɸ is both the largest city and capital of Ireland.
Limavady and its surrounding settlements derive from Celtic roots, although no-one is sure about the exact date of Limavady's origins. Estimates date from around 5 AD. Early records tell of Saint Columbkille, who presided over a meeting of the Kings at Mullagh Hill, which is just outside Limavady, now part of the Roe Park Golf Resort, in 575 AD.
Celtic Ireland was divided into kingdoms, each ruled by their own family or clan. In the Limavady area, the predominate family was the O'Cahans. Their mark is found everywhere in the town and surrounding area. O'Cahan's Rock is one of Limavady's main historical points. This is where, according to local myth, a dog belonging to one of the Chiefs jumped the river to get help from nearby clans after a surprise enemy attack. This gave Limavady its name, Limavady being the anglicised version of Leim an Mhadaidh, which means leap of the dog. This rock, along with other relics of Limavady's history, can be seen at Roe Valley Country Park.
28 March 1972 - Joseph Forsythe (57) and Robert McMichael (27), both Protestant civilians, were killed in a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb explosion outside Limavady Royal Ulster Constabulary base. Four people were killed in violence relating to the Northern Ireland Troubles in the town of Limavady, County Londonderry. They were driving past at the time of the attack.
The headquarters of Limavady Borough Council are based on Connell Street. Limavady Borough Council ( Comhairle Baile Léim an Mhadaidh) is a Local Council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Together with the neighbouring district of Coleraine, it forms the East Londonderry constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. Coleraine ( is a large Town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland near to the mouth of the River Bann. The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories The Northern Ireland Assembly ( Irish: Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann, Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann Semmlie) is the devolved
There are four primary schools, three secondary schools and a special needs school in Limavady. Limavady's schools are closely located in an 'education circle'. The three secondary schools are all located along the same stretch of road (Ballyquin Road and Irish Green Street), with Limegrove Special School opposite Limavady Grammar School, Termoncanice Primary opposite Limavady High School and St. Mary's High School. Limavady Central Primary School is located a short distance from the other schools.
Special Needs Schools
Limavady is classified as a Medium Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 10,000 and 18,000 people). Limavady Grammar School is a secondary school in Limavady, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Limavady High School is a Secondary school in the North-Western town of Limavady in Northern Ireland. St Mary's High School is a secondary school situated in Limavady, County Londonderry, Ireland. Limavady Wolfhounds GAC ( Ná Cunna CLG Léim an Mhadaídh) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Limavady, County Londonderry, The Gaelic Athletic Association ( GAA) ( Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael /'kʊmˠən̪ˠ 'l̪ˠuh Limavady United FC is a Northern Ireland football club playing in the IFA Championship. Newtown Youth Football Club is a youth football club founded in 1991 by John Moore based in Limavady currently playing in the Derry and District League. On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 12,135 people living in Limavady. Events 1429 - Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Of these:
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
Notable people who have come from or have been resident in the town and environs include: